Obama Announces Unilateral Action on Immigration


"There are a number of Republicans who have been willing to work with us to pass real common-sense immigration reform, and I want to thank them for their efforts," Obama said.

Obama said he believes Speaker John Boehner wants to pass reform.

"I think he genuinely wants to get something done," he said. "But last week he informed me the Republicans will continue to block a vote on immigration reform at least for the remainder of this year."

Throughout the past year leaders from religious organizations, business groups---like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor and law enforcement have all come together to voice their support for reform. According to the last ABC News/Washington Post poll nearly 6 in 10 American support a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.

"If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is passing bills. Pass a bill. Solve a problem. Don't just say no on something that everybody agrees needs to be done," he said. "Because if we pass a bill, that will supplant whatever I've done administratively. We'll have a structure there that works, and it will be permanent, and people can make plans and businesses can make plans based on the law, and there will be clarity, both here inside this country and outside it."

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